The Bathroom Goes WHERE???

Well Wednesday I had a packed day.  I had to go pick up Kelli’s dog, get things packed and ready for our trip to Kansas City and work on book rewrites with Kelli.  It was a full day.  Then at 8 am I got a call from the carpenter saying he knew I would be leaving and if I could run in a finalized plan for the upstairs layout, he’d appreciate it.  WHAT???

We didn’t have a finalized lay out.  Well..I guess I would drop everything and get it figured out.  Hubby and I had talked about several things.  We knew a couple things were changing from the original draft but hadn’t hammered out the last details.  I made a few copies and got to work.

This is the original plan. This doesn’t show our bedroom which is opposite the “Hobby Room”.

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We long ago decided to eliminate the closets you see .  One of the bedrooms already has one and we decided to just put a wardrobe in the other.  We are using both of these as spare bedrooms and we don’t care about resale.  Someone else can worry if they want a closet in the bedroom that doesn’t have one when we’re not living there anymore.  Financially we need to make a few cuts and this is one we can easily make.

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From there I noticed that if I would give up the laundry shoot and make the bathroom a little smaller, I could have a bigger closet for the sewing room.

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That seemed like an okay idea.

From there I didn’t like that people who wanted to use the bathroom would be coming into the sewing room to get to it.  Face it…we know I am not a neat and tidy gal.  The last thing I need to do is parade people through my sewing room.  It is bad enough that I show pictures of it to all of you..people who understand that quilting can just take over sometimes.  Other people just don’t get quilting.  So I tried moving the doorways around.

With that I saw that I could add a linen closet across the hall from the bathroom door.  I liked that.

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This was good in my opinion but still it just didn’t quite click.  I still kind of wanted laundry shoot.  Well in the very first set of plans the laundry shoot was supposed to be in a different spot.  I made a copy of it, cut it out and nope.  Nothing would work with that idea.

Meanwhile the clock was ticking.  It was not 11:00 am.  Hubby would be in for lunch soon we’d need to meet with the carpenters.  UGH.  The table was just covered with layouts (yes I did about five more than what I’ve shown so far).  I sorted good and bad and decided I’d just show them to Hubby when he came in and we’d have to pick what we liked.  Then as I was picking up the trash papers I saw something from the old design that caught my eye….a bathroom that was suppose to be off the garage.  It was about the right size….

I cut the bathroom out and slapped it on the paper.  It kind of fit.  Oh my…I liked it.  I liked it a lot.  My sewing room was now a better shape.

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I still had a sewing room..still a closet and more cozy bathroom.  I really liked it.  Now I needed to clean the whole thing up before Hubby came in so I could make it all pretty hoping he’d be on board with it too.

But then..in walked Hubby.  He wanted to know if I was ready to meet the carpenters.  We had to go now.  I half panicked.  I didn’t have time to put what I wanted together nicely in a little “sales package”.  Well I went for it.  I started with my first idea removing the closets..then making the bathroom smaller..then the change in the doorways…then the linen closet.  Then I told him I had just had an idea but didn’t have time to work it all the way through.  I showed it to him and he loved it.

We grabbed the paper and went to town to meet with the carpenters.  After a few questions about plumbing and piping we agreed on it.  I was to go home and firm up the placement of the fixtures.

This is it.  I love it…Hubby loves it.

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In the original drawing we were to have:
Sewing Room 13’3 1/2″ x  21′ 2′
Closet 6′  2″ x  7′ 10″
Bathroom 12′ 8 1/2″ x  6′ 2″

Now instead we’ll have about:
Sewing Room 20′ x  14′
Closet 6′ 2″ x  9′
Bathroom 8′ x  9′

This makes me a happy girl.  I can’t wait until the walls are up.  We’re hoping by the end of the week, we’ll have walls on the outside upstairs too.  Ya-Hoo!!

There was something about moving that bathroom that just clicked with me.  All along I hadn’t been fond of the original layout.  I just didn’t know how to fix it.  Admittedly we may have to pay just a tad more for the plumbing but all in all, I’m okay with that.

6 thoughts on “The Bathroom Goes WHERE???”

  1. Oh that sounds awesome. I was doing something similar we are trying to put a HUGE stove in our kitchen, w/o doing too much destruction/construction. After throwing out a lot of ideas at each other, I drew it out on graph paper. DH measured and I drew it out. we still might tear out 2 cabinets, and move it to the wall, but for now it’s going to go next to the island.
    Maybe next yr we will tear out the cabinets.

  2. I think you picked the best design. To me, you’re ‘entry’ way to your sewing room seems to have a large wall that might be a good place for a pegged wall to hang all your rulers, etc., on!

  3. If you put a pocket door leading into your sewing room and moved it over toward the bath a few inches you could find a piece of furniture and put it opposite the entry to the bathroom and use if for linen storage. Such stress building a house.

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